Jackson St. looks to end streak vs Grambling St.
Grambling State (13-13, 7-6) vs. Jackson State (9-17, 6-7)
Williams Center, Jackson, Mississippi; Saturday, 6:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Grambling State looks to extend Jackson State’s conference losing streak to five games. Jackson State’s last SWAC win came against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions 65-52 on Feb. 4. Grambling State fell 92-87 to Prairie View in its last outing.
BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Jackson State’s Chris Howell has averaged 11.6 points and 7.8 rebounds while Venjie Wallis has put up 11.9 points and 4.2 rebounds. For Grambling State, Ivy Smith Jr. has averaged 13.7 points, 4.8 assists and two steals while Dallas Polk-Hilliard has put up 12.6 points and 5.9 rebounds.
SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Howell has either made or assisted on 40 percent of all Jackson State field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 16 field goals and 10 assists in those games.
SLIPPING AT 69: Jackson State is 0-13 this year when it allows 69 points or more and 9-4 when holding opponents to fewer than 69.
THREAT FROM DISTANCE: Grambling State’s Mpoyo has attempted 39 3-pointers and connected on 51.3 percent of them, and is 6 for 9 over his last five games.
TOUGH TIGERS: Grambling State has held opposing teams to 38.7 percent shooting from the field this year, the 10th-lowest percentage among all Division I teams. Against conference opponents, the Tigers have held opposing shooters to 37.3 percent.